FDA Targets Internet Pharmacy Websites

pc-doctor.jpgThe FDA recently moved to shut down internet pharmacy “affiliate” websites in the United States . The Ryan Haight Act, passed in 2008 was the first effort to define the lawful and unlawful practice of telemedicine with respect to controlled substances and required all internet pharmacies to register with the DEA. In addition, many states have moved to restrict or prosecute physicians and pharmacies involved in the internet sales of non-controlled substances. As a consequence, there are fewer of such operations inside the United States and often prescription drugs being purchased online are done from pharmacies located outside the United States . However, the marketers for such pharmacies are often website owners and advertisers known as “affiliates” located inside the United States. Recently the FDA targeted websites operating inside the United States as marketers.
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